The area around Southside Drive and Yancey Road is poised to become Charlotte’s drink mecca.
The neighborhood already has two breweries (The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Sugar Creek Brewing) and two distilleries (Great Wagon Road and Doc Porter’s), and later this month it’ll get a cidery when GoodRoad Ciderworks opens at 117 Southside Dr.
Want to check out GoodRoad Ciderworks before it opens to the public? Here’s your chance.
CharlotteFive will be hosting its next #C5Underground party at GoodRoad Ciderworks Tuesday, March 14, from 6:30-8 p.m. Your $5 ticket includes:
– 1 cider (or beer) from GoodRoad Ciderworks.
– Free fried chicken from Haberdish (!!!).
– The chance to get inside the taproom before it opens to the public.
– An exclusive tour of the cidery and an opportunity to talk with the owners and brewers.
– A chance to hang out with the C5 team and other awesome C5ers.
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GoodRoad Ciderworks doesn’t have an exact grand opening date, but it’s shooting for the end of this month. When it does open, it will be the city’s second cidery following Red Clay, which opened in 2015.
Don’t expect to find a bunch of sweet ciders at GoodRoad — owner Brian Beauchemin likes ’em dry. And, thanks to the help of Kevin Martin and Rob Adams, the cidery will also offer mead.
“I love ciders and meads because you can experiment just as much as you can with beer,” owner Brian Beauchemin said when I talked to him late last year.
Adams, who gave me a tour of the cidery Monday, said GoodRoad plans to have six of its ciders on tap when it opens:
– Dry blend
– Semi-sweet blend
– Single-varietal: Stayman Winesap
– Single-varietal: Newtown Pippin
– A hopped cider
Adams said they also hope to have a keg of mead and one or two kegs of cyser (mead/cider blend) on tap soon after the cidery opens. And Good Road will offer wine and beers from various Charlotte breweries.
The taproom is bright and airy, with high ceilings and large windows at the front. But reclaimed wood on the walls and thick wooden beams criss-crossing the space also give it a cozy feel.
A mezzanine above the main taproom can seat about 24 people and a private event space in the back (called The Orchard) can seat 60. Both can be rented out, but when they’re not being used for a private event they’ll be open to the rest of the taproom.
You can see the production area through windows in the taproom and the event space. A patio sits off the event space, separated by a garage door that will be opened during nice weather. And there’s another patio space out front.
The cidery has been a long time in the making. Beauchemin signed a lease for the building in December 2015, after about two years of looking. Work on the building started later than expected last summer, and a planned opening date of October or November came and went.
But cider is finally coming to Southside Drive. Cheers to that.
Want to go to the #C5 Underground party at Good Road Ciderworks? Get your tickets here.
Photos: Corey Inscoe